If disaster were to strike and you had to bug in at your home, which guns do you think would be the best to defend your house and your family with?
Many people may feel that bugging out is the safer course of action, but the truth is that doing so means you will be vulnerable out on the open road, and you’ll also be forced to abandon your house and all of your possessions. Furthermore, do you really have anywhere to bug out to in the first place?
Simply put, bugging in may be the safer option no matter how bad the disaster is. But it will only be ‘safe’ if you have the right defensive weaponry for the job, and that’s what we’re going to talk about today.
Here are the best guns for bugging in during disaster:
The 12 gauge shotgun is what many people have in mind for a viable home defense weapon, and indeed, there’s no question that the shotgun is a very effective weapon at close ranges. For bugging in during disaster, a shotgun will simply be an invaluable self-defense weapon, and no gun collection is truly complete without it regardless.
But what is the very best 12 gauge shotgun for home defense and bugging in out there? It’s hard to fundamentally go wrong with a pump action, because it will feed just about any kind of ammo that you put through it. In contrast to this, semi-automatic shotguns can often jam.
But what pump action twelve gauge is best? It’s hard to go wrong with the Mossberg 590A1, which represents the pinnacle of everything a 12 gauge pump should be. Did you know that the Mossberg 590A1 is the only pump action shotgun to pass the US Army’s torture tests for pump action shotguns, which was conducted back in the late 1980s.
The 590A1 features 9 shots, in contrast to the usual 7 to 8 of other pump action 12 gauge shotguns, and also has a parkerized finish for superior rust and corrosion resistant than standard bluing. It also has the option to add a bayonet with a bayonet lug, and the metal is very durable and stronger than the metal on a standard Mossberg 500 as well.
All in all, the Mossberg 590A1 is one of the toughest 12 gauge pump action shotguns out there. It’s a war ready shotgun right out of the box, so for bugging in during disaster when things get really tough, it’s simply going to be very difficult to go wrong with it.
Simply put, the AR-15 really is one of the best defensive tools in today’s day and age. It offers you less recoil than a shotgun, better stopping power and velocity than a handgun, and superior range than either of them. Even for defending your home indoors, the AR-15 is arguably a superior weapon than a shotgun, as it has much less recoil. For defending your property as well, an AR-15 or any other form of semi-automatic rifle that fires an intermediate cartridge such as the .223 will be a good choice. .223 also has far lesser odds of breaking through walls than heaver rounds such as .308 Winchester.
All of this is also not to mention the fact that the AR-15 is fundamentally a very easy weapon to shoot. It has a low recoil, is very ergonomic, and the controls are all very easy to reach. Women in particular can easily use the gun for defense. The AR-15 is also very customizable and you can add furniture and accessories to it to your liking, such as a more comfortable stock or forend or lights and lasers.
Finally, the AR-15 is also much more affordable than you may think. As little as a decade ago, it would be difficult to get an AR-15, at least a quality one. Today, however, buying a quality AR-15 for the $400 to $500 range is much easier than it’s ever been. Examples include the Del-Ton Echo, the Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II, and the Ruger AR-556.
If there’s one pistol to have during a disaster, a very strong argument can be made that it should be the Glock 19. This is arguably the most practical pistol ever made. It is small and compact enough to conceal easily on your person, and yet large enough to fight with. It has impressive firepower with 15 rounds of ammunition, although it will also accept longer 17 round and 33 round magazines.
It’s also the bestselling pistol ever made, including in the United States, which means that spare parts and accessories will be in great abundance. Everything from spare barrels and guide rods to holsters to triggers to sights to extra magazines and so on will be in great abundance, at least in comparison to other handguns.
That’s also not to mention that the Glock 19 is dead simple to use and operate, with no external safety levers or anything like that. If you’re looking for a reliable and simple pistol, the Glock 19 is very hard to beat.
Last but not least, you’re going to need a .22 rifle for bugging in, even if it’s not the best choice for personal protection or home defense. That being said, a .22 rifle can be used for defense if it has to be, plus you can use it for a variety of other purposes as well. For example, you can use a .22 rifle for pest control, for target shooting, and for small game hunting.
Another big benefit to the .22 is its ammunition, which is so small and light. You can pack thousands of rounds in it the same amount of space that could only hold a few hundred of another round, and it’s also dirt cheap and in great abundance as well.
The 10/22 is also the most popular .22 rifle ever made, and is well known for its reliability as well as its affordability. If you want a .22 rifle for your bug in arsenal, and you should, then the 10/22 is a great way to go.
For handguns, and specifically for a .45 ACP handgun, the HK USP is a difficult gun to beat. For bugging in for defense, the USP is hard to go wrong with because, like the 590A1, it’s ready to go to war right out of the box as well.
The testing that HK put the USP through truly is extraordinary. It was required to fire reliably consistently at freezing cold temperatures, at extremely hot temperatures, and after being buried in snow and mud and dirt, and while having freezing rain poured over it as well. The USP even had a bullet lodged down the front of the barrel by HK, and then had it shot out.
Simply put, the USP is one of the most thoroughly tested and proven pistols ever made. It’s also a large handgun, which while a poor choice for concealment, means it is very easy to control with limited recoil. It’s also a double action single action pistol with an external frame mounted safety and decocking lever, and holds 12 rounds of .45 in the magazine.